September sees the start of a new programme of concerts at the home of English folk by contemporary traditional performers, featuring the songs that have been loved, sung and shared for generations.
Presented by Mike Norris, former EFDSS chair and host of the Classic Folk Radio show, these unamplified performances will take place in the intimate Storrow Hall at Cecil Sharp House. Enjoy tales of love and lust, incest and murder, humour and tragedy, sung by some of today's finest traditional singers.
The series kicks off on Wednesday 27 September with a performance from West Country singer Jim Causley. Celebrating over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist, Causley's unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of the contemporary roots and folk music scene.
Manchester/Suffolk duo Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp bring their no-nonsense approach to traditional song on Wednesday 25 October. Taking their cues from revival singers such as Frankie Armstrong, Peter Bellamy and the Watersons, expect strong vocals, tight harmonies and unfussy arrangements of songs sung with passion.
The final performance of the series will be from Irish singer Thomas McCarthy on Wednesday 22 November. Coming from a considerable dynasty of traditional singers, song-makers and musicians, Thomas has spent his life learning the songs of his family.